Super League

The Super League (SL), sponsored as the Betfred Super League and officially known as Super League Europe,[1][2] is the top-level of the British rugby league system. The league currently has twelve teams, eleven of which are from Northern England, reflecting the sport's geographic popularity within the UK. The final team is Catalans Dragons, from southern France.

The Super League
Current season, competition or edition:
Super League XXVI
The competition's 2017–19 logo
SportRugby league
Founded1996; 25 years ago (1996)
No. of teams12
Country England
 France
Most recent
champion(s)
St Helens
(8th title)
Most titles Leeds Rhinos
St. Helens
(8 titles)
TV partner(s)
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toChampionship
Domestic cup(s)Challenge Cup
International cup(s)World Club Challenge
Official websiteSuper League

The Super League began in 1996, replacing the existing First Division and, significantly, switching from a traditional winter season to a summer season.

Each team plays 29 games between February and September: 11 home games, 11 away games, Magic Weekend and an additional 6 'loop fixtures' decided by league positions. The top six then enter the play-off series leading to the Grand Final which determines the champions. The bottom team is relegated to the Championship.

The Super League champions play the National Rugby League champions from Australasia in the World Club Challenge at the start of the following season.